Shakespeare Quotes

“ALL THAT GLISTERS IS NOT GOLD”

“ALL THAT GLISTERS IS NOT GOLD”

“ALL THAT GLISTERS IS NOT GOLD” reads a scroll placed in a golden casket, in The Merchant of Venice (Act 2, scene 7). “But all thing which that shineth as the gold, nis not gold, as that I have heard it told,” says the Canon’s Yeoman in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (ca. 1386). Thomas Becon, in Reliques of Rome (1553), insists that “All is not gold that glistreth.” In his Italian-English lexicon of 1578, John Florio points out that “All that glistreth is not gold.” Not only isn’t Shakespeare first, he doesn’t even win a medal.